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March 23, 2012TUSCALOOSA | The last thing C.J. Mosley felt while lying on the Super Dome turf during the BCS National Championship Game was lucky.
He had just intercepted a pass that many fans and pundits recall as the play that sealed the University of Alabama's 21-0 win for the national title, but the tackle by LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson left Mosley with a dislocated hip. Mosley had suffered a dislocated elbow earlier in the year.
Lucky? He wasn't feeling it.
But he was.
"Yeah. I didn't know what to expect. I knew it was my hip, just by the way it dislocated," Mosley said. "I knew from my elbow it was a dislocation. ... But when they were telling me about the things that could've happened, that could've gone wrong, thank God that it didn't. I'm just blessed and proud that I'm back to normal now."
Plenty could have gone wrong. More severe hip dislocations than Mosley's, according to orthoinfo.com, can result in nerve damage and a loss of feeling to the lower extremities. Fractures and bone degeneration from a loss of blood supply can result as well.
Mosley's news, however, was far better. He was cleared for the end of the team's pre-spring conditioning work, known as the Fourth-Quarter Program, and is participating fully in spring practices.
"I didn't think I would be as good as I am now, but once I found out that I didn't need surgery and my MRI and CAT scan was good, I just had to have a positive attitude and go through rehab and get better so I could be where I am now," Mosley said.
Initially, rehab meant Mosley had to wear a knee brace, which helped ensure he didn't take an awkward step that could aggravate the injury. Over time, Mosley was able to begin running, and as UA completes its first full week of spring drills, the junior starter looks as if nothing had happened.
"I did everything, so I'm full go," Mosley said. "There's nothing holding (me) back."
Square frame of mind
Senior defensive end Damion Square is coming off a national championship for the second time in his college career, and the Houston, Texas, native said this time, a different mindset is imperative.
"Guys know what it takes to keep pushing. The guys that were a part of the '09 championship came back the next year and it wasn't too great of a year," Square said, "so we understand the drop-off that happened that time, so we want to influence these guys to keep pushing, and let them know it can easily sneak up on you if to feel complacent about winning championships."
Square and fellow seniors Quinton Dial and Jesse Williams give the Crimson Tide significant experience on the front line of a defense that is rebuilding at several positions. Offensive lineman Chance Warmack said he is looking to take on more of a leadership role on the offensive side of the ball.
"You learn a little bit from everybody day-by-day. You don't necessarily want to tell someone what to do, you want them do to it and you want to show them how to do it," Warmack said. "I want to teach them how to do it they way guys taught me to do it."
"Less talk, more walk." - Mosley on what the start of full-contact spring practices with full pads meant to the players this week.
An estimated 1,400 high school coaches descended upon the Capstone for the Nick Saban Coaches Clinic this weekend. Most high schools in the state appeared to be represented along with quite a few from out of state. Speakers for the event include Bill Parcells and Lou Holtz, among others. ... Running backs Eddie Lacy and Blake Sims as well as offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio continue to be withheld from contact while recovering from injuries. Reserve offensive lineman Kellen Williams has been practicing with offensive tackles this spring after working at center last year. ... Among the coaches spotted observing practice was former UA defensive lineman Shannon Brown. ... Former UA fullback Baron Huber was also on hand. ... Alabama resumes practice Saturday afternoon at the UA practice facility. UA's first spring scrimmage will be next weekend.
Reach Chase Goodbread at email@example.com or at 205-722-0196.